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Former Tottenham and Blackburn winger David Bentley retires from football aged 29

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Former Blackburn and Tottenham forward David Bentley has retired from football after over a year without a professional club.

He was released by Tottenham at the end of the 2012-13 season, and has since failed to find another club, and has decided to hang up his boots, at the age of just 29.

He formally announced his retirement from the game in an interview on SKy Sports News, though he had hinted previously that he was planning to reitre.

Despite ending his career at Spurs, Bentley began it at their north London rivals Arsenal. He had loan spells at Norwich and Blackburn, the latter eventually signing him on a permanent basis.

He impressed at Ewood Park and Tottenham paid £15m to bring him back to north London in 2008.

He had a stop start time at Spurs, being in and out of favour with various managers, resulting in several loan spells with the likes of Birmingham City, West Ham, Russian side FC Rostov before a return to Blackburn, where he played his final professional games at the end of the 2013 season.

He made only 42 league appearances for Spurs during his five year stay.

He retires after a total of 266 club appearances and he also played for England at all levels from U15 upwards, including seven appearances for the senior team between 2007 and 2008.

Bentley said: "I've given up football. It's over a year since I played my last game and I've taken the decision to take my life in a different direction. I felt like it was time to call it a day."

"I've just had little baby twins, three months old, and I've got a little four-year-old and I want to focus on that. My love for the game went a little bit and I didn't want to carry on just for the fact of paying me money."

"It's not really ever been an option for me to do that. I'm involved in a restaurant in Spain and we're bringing it to the UK, so there is a lot of work there."

He was also quite vocal in his view of how the game has changed in recent years, saying,

"I've just fallen out of love with the game. I had a bit of a difficult time at Tottenham and it's just one of them things. It's probably a little bit early but it's where I am at now."

"It's a positive decision in my life and I am only viewing it as positive. I'm happy."

"Now it's a little bit robotic, the social media side of it, the money that has come into the game. I hate to say it, but it's made it boring and predictable - calculated - and to go and sign another three or four years into that wasn't really an option for me."

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